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|Born||August 12, 1941|
|Died||August 21, 2017(aged 76)|
Réjean Ducharme (August 12, 1941 – August 21, 2017) was a Canadian novelist and playwright who resided in Montreal. He was known for his reclusive personality and has not appeared at any public functions since his first successful book was published in 1966. A common theme of his early work is the rejection of the adult world by children.
L'Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed), Ducharme's first novel, was short-listed for the 1966 Prix Goncourt even though the author was only 24 years old and unknown. That same year, the book won the 1966 Governor General's Award for Poetry or Drama (Poésie et théâtre). L'Avalée des avalés later won the 2005 French version of Canada Reads, where it was defended by actress Sophie Cadieux.
In the 1992 movie Léolo, the main character spends much of his time reading and thinking about L'Avalée des avalés.
In 2017, Ducharme died of natural cause at age 76 in Montreal.
- L'Avalée des avalés - 1966 (winner of the 1966 Governor General's Awards)
- translated into English as The Swallower Swallowed by Barbara Bray
- Le Nez qui voque - 1967
- translated into English as Miss Take by Will Browning
- L'Océantume - 1968
- La fille de Christophe Colomb - 1969
- translated into English as The Daughter of Christopher Columbus by Will Browning
- L'Hiver de force - 1973 winner of the 1973 Governor General's Award for Fiction)
- translated in English as "Wild to Mild" by Robert Guy Scully
- Les Enfantômes - 1976
- Good Riddance (Les Bons débarras) - 1980 (film screenplay)
- Happy Memories (Les Beaux souvenirs) - 1982 (film screenplay)
- Ha ha!... - 1982 (winner of the 1982 Governor General's Award for Drama)
- Dévadé - 1990
- Va savoir - 1994 (nominated for a Governor General's Award
- translated into English as Go Figure by Will Browning
- Gros mots - 1999
- "Quebec mourns famed author Réjean Ducharme". Montreal Gazette. 2017-08-23. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
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